The Los Angeles Dodgers had quite a day on a day when the actual team had a day off.
July 2 marked the first day of the new international signing day period and the Dodgers got to work right away. On Thursday morning, it was reported that the Dodgers had signed two of the top-five international prospects, as well as three others. Yadier Alvarez, a hard-throwing teenage pitcher, was signed to a deal worth $16 million.
Later in the day, the Dodgers officially announced the signings of the aforementioned five prospects, and added four more international players to the mix.
The Dodgers signed right-hander Ramon Rosso (Dominican Republic), outfielder Carlos Rincon (Dominican Republic), and infielders Luis Rodriguez (Venezuela) and Aldo Espinoza (Nicaragua). All four prospects are currently teenagers, with Rodriguez being a 16-year-old.
Vice President of International Scouting, Bob Engle, talked about the Dodgers big day. “We’re excited to add nine highly-skilled prospects as we continue to re-stock, inject talent and build depth at all levels of our organization,” Engle said. “These signings are a testament to the hard work of our scouts and the international appeal of the Dodger brand.”
While the players signed today are likely two years away at the minimum, it’s an exciting move because the Dodgers farm system will be flush with new talent. As it is, the team has climbed the ranks in recent years in terms of minor-league talent and will now add at least nine new prospects to the mix.